mold test

How Does a Mold Test Work?

A mold test is the only way to determine if mold is present in your home. While not all mold is dangerous to your health, some varieties of mold can cause health problems. Don’t try to identify mold on your own — get it checked out as soon as possible by a licensed professional. A certified mold inspector will conduct mold testing using a variety of tools and techniques. 

What Kinds of Mold Are Most Common?

There are many different types of mold, but some are more common than others. 

In the New Jersey and New York areas, the most common types of mold are:

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Aspergillus
  • Alternaria

These mold spores are often found indoors and some can cause health problems, especially for people with asthma or allergies. 

Where Is Mold Most Likely to Grow?

Mold loves dark, damp places. That’s why it’s often found in bathrooms, crawl spaces, basements, and other areas that don’t get a lot of air circulation. Mold can also grow on wet or damp surfaces like:

  • Drywall
  • Carpeting
  • Fabric
  • Wood

What Mold Testing Tools Are Used?

A company like Certified Mold Removal uses tools like these to test your home or business for possible mold. 

Thermo-hygrometer: This is used to monitor the relative humidity in a building structure.

Moisture Meter: This device is used to detect moisture levels inside wood, sheetrock, and concrete surfaces.

Mold Sampling Device: A machine used along with an Air-O-Cell Bio-aerosol Sampling Cassette to sample the air within a building structure.

What Happens During Mold Testing?

The mold testing process starts with a visual inspection of your property. The mold inspector will look for mold growth, mold stains, and musty odors. They’ll also check for any water leaks or moisture problems that could be causing mold to grow. 

Once the visual inspection is complete, the mold inspector will use the mold testing tools to collect samples from your home. These samples will be sent to a lab for analysis. 

The mold inspector will also take air samples inside and outside of your property. The air samples will be used to determine if there is mold present in the air and what type of mold it is. 

After the mold testing is complete, the mold inspector will provide you with a report that details their findings. The report will also include recommendations for mold removal and remediation. 

If mold is found in your home, it’s important to take action right away. Some types of mold can cause serious health problems, so it’s best to have it removed by a professional as soon as possible. Mold testing is the only way to know for sure if mold is present in your home. 

With locations all throughout New Jersey, Certified Mold Removal can get rid of your basement mold quickly and completely. Get in touch with us today.


Sources

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/types-of-mold-in-homes/

https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-and-health